After exhaustive online research, it seems clear that the best home pregnancy test is First Response. Consumer Reports gave it an excellent rating in 2003 and also rated it as the best home pregnancy test of the 18 they tested, mostly because it can detect the smallest amount of hCG, the pregnancy hormone. This means that it can produce a positive pregnancy test result before any of the other home pregnancy tests.
In January, 2003, Consumer Reports aired their findings on CBS’ The Early Show and revealed that First Response could detect hCG levels as low as 6.5 mIU (thousandths of an International Unit). The next best level that several of the home pregnancy tests can detect is 25 mIU. The 5 least sensitivity home pregnancy tests that Consumer Reports tested couldn’t detect hCG until the level had reached 100 mIU.
This level would most certainly translate into several days after a missed period since 6.5 is practically the level of hCG present when the embryo attaches itself to the uterine wall. The level of the hormone also doubles about every two days so there would have to be several days between a level of 6.5 and 100. With this kind of lead, there’s no question that First Response is the best home pregnancy test.
The pregnancy hormone, human chorionic gonadotropin or hCG is produced by the placenta once the embryo attaches itself to the wall of the uterus. Once this happens, hCG will be present in a pregnant woman’s blood and urine but not all tests can detect the same level of the hormone. The longer a test takes to detect the hCG the less sensitive it is to the pregnancy hormone. First Response is indeed the most sensitive and best home pregnancy test.
Although some of the home pregnancy tests have gone digital, using words instead of a line to indicate results, First Response has not followed that trend. First Response was also cited by Consumer Reports for the readability of the result line as it was more “intense” than most of the other tests.
EPT, the first home pregnancy test on the market in 1978, was not cited in the report but has a sensitivity capable of detecting hCG at 40 mIU. That’s a little surprising considering they have been on the market for nearly 30 years and started this industry. They do have years of reliability behind them though and have gone digital. Now when you take the EPT home pregnancy test the words PREGNANT or NOT PREGNANT will show in the result window instead of a line.
Regardless of the home pregnancy test you decide to use, whether it is the best home pregnancy test or another one, see your doctor as soon as possible if you think you might be pregnant.